Top 5 Best Poetry Books for 3-year-olds

These fun, bright and poignant poetry books are sure to inspire a love of poetry in little readers. Filled with rip-roaring rhymes and vibrant verse, see below for the best poetry books for 3-year-olds.

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1. A Great Big Cuddle

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Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell

This exuberant collection of poetry fizzes with rhythm, energy and laughter. Bestselling poet Michael Rosen captures once again what it's like to be very young, evoking all the perceptions and feelings experienced in a child's world: toys and games, animals and imaginary creatures, likes and dislikes. He does so in a fantastically playful and lively style, and his wonderful verse is complemented perfectly by Chris Riddell's stunning, iconic illustrations. This book can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is sure to become a classic.

2. Wriggle and Roar

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Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt

This book is bursting with rhymes to make you wriggle and giggle, shrug and sigh, snap like a crocodile and slither like a snake! Julia Donaldson's energetic verse is guaranteed to get giggles and delight children, and Nick Sharratt's engaging illustrations add heaps of fun to this colourful book. These poems are packed with noises and actions, making for fantastically interactive fun!


3. Over the Hills and Far Away

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Elizabeth Hammill

This collection includes more than 150 rhymes from all over the English-speaking world, from Great Britain to Ghana, Canada to the Caribbean. It features beloved nursery rhymes as well as brand new much-loved poems. Each double-page spread features illustrations by a different artist, totalling over 76 individual artists. The book is filled with works by international award-winners and bestselling illustrators as well as fresh, flourishing talent. A true poetic journey around the world, this sumptuous book will captivate little ones.

4. The Owl and the Pussy-cat

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Edward Lear & Charlotte Voake

This classic poem about an owl and a pussy-cat who venture out to sea has been beautifully reproduced with Charlotte Voake's stunning illustrations, with a foreword by Julia Donaldson. Readers have been delighted by this unmissable poem for generations, and it is sure to be treasured by little ones.


5. The Ride-by-Nights

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Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei

Focusing on a cold night around Halloween, this mesmerising book combines Walter de la Mare's classic poem with Carolina Rabei's evocative illustrations. The magical poem is all about a family who are preparing to go trick-or-treating, but little do they know that a coven of witches is flying above them through the starry sky... Little readers are sure to be enchanted by this magical book.